The Lusa Blog is your resource for language and travel tips in Lisbon, general advice, and stories from our students and staff.

Portugal isn’t a big country so you probably wouldn’t imagine that there are a lot of words and expressions that are different according to the place you are visiting. The most obvious differences are between Lisbon and Porto, but there are a lot of words that are used only in specific zones of the country. Drinks Going to a bar and asking for a beer might be tricky. If you’re in Lisbon you should ask

Our new partner – BookYourStudy

Posted on September 5, 2018
We are pleased to announce that we have started cooperating with BookYourStudy company – a platform for booking educational services all over the world. Our mutual collaboration with BookYourStudy will increase the opportunities for many students, who are looking for educational programs abroad and want to have a detailed description of the courses, accommodation variants, dates, facilities, preparation for the trip, etc. All information is reliable and presented in Russian. BookYourStudy has a long-term experience

5 of Lisbon’s very best terraces

Posted on June 12, 2018
Summertime in Lisbon has arrived at last! Perhaps you’ve spent the day out in the glorious sunshine, exploring the tiny streets of Alfama or the bars of Bairro Alto, only to find yourself tired of walking and in desperate need of somewhere to rest your legs, relax, and catch the sunset as it falls over our beautiful city. Well then, you’re in luck! In Lisbon there are incredible terraces dotted all around its seven hills,

Four reasons to visit Portugal in 2018

Posted on February 6, 2018
After a major tourism boom last year, Lisbon is back on top as a destination hotspot for 2018! Whether it’s for business, fun, or sports, Portugal has become a go-to destination, and this upcoming schedule of exciting world events will attract swarms of tourists in their thousands. Have you picked your reason to visit yet? J Eurovision Song Contest 2018 As the latest champion of the Eurovision Song Contest, Portugal returns in 2017 as a
It’s common for native Portuguese speakers to speak several other languages. But is it all just luck and natural talent? Here’s four facts you might know about why the Portuguese speakers have such a strong upper hand in foreign languages.   Universal Grammar Universal grammar is a linguistic concept, used to describe the way in which speakers are innately born with the ability to understand language. As children grow older, certain sounds are lost as
It’s that magical time of the year again! No, we’re not talking about Christmas – it’s the time Lisbon comes to life with parties, music and laughter.  What is it? The Popular Saints Festival is celebrated throughout June in Portugal. The festival in Lisbon is celebrated primarily on the 12th and 13th of June, in memory of Saint Anthony. Saint Peter and Saint John are also celebrated during the month, but to a lesser extent.

Dia da Liberdade

Posted on April 21, 2017
Dia da Liberdade (Freedom Day) comes to Portugal next week on the 25th of April, as the people of Portugal celebrate the end of the dictatorship which happened on the same day in 1974. The revolution, known as Revolução dos Cravos (Carnation Revolution), marked the end of dictatorship in the country and lit the touch papers for a new era of democracy and civil rights. Unlike many revolutions elsewhere over time and across the globe,

Five great spots for Yoga in Lisboa

Posted on March 6, 2017
Looking to get bendy in the city of seven hills? Here are five great spots for yoginis in Lisbon: Gayatri Yoga This spot is located in Baixa, right in the city centre. Boasting several different yoga teachers, Gayatri’s teachers offer a range of different styles, including laughter yoga, or ‘yoga do riso’. Classes have a strong spiritual element and emphasis on the philosophy of yoga. The classes are taught in Portuguese, a great way to
Lisbon is home to many different neighbourhoods. Each has its own exciting things to feel and different things to discover. Here’s just a few of the areas which you can explore here in the city: 1. Alfama/Graça Alfama is the oldest neighbourhood in Lisbon and the area from which the city sprawled from to become modern-day Lisbon. The cobbled streets are narrow and the tiny houses are toppled on top of each other in a seemingly

4 Christmas facts about Portuguese

Posted on December 21, 2016
Like many other countries, Christmas is a big affair in Portugal, filled with food, laughter, and more food! Boas festas! or Feliz Natal! means ‘Merry Christmas!’ in Portuguese. In the weeks leading up to the festive period, you will often see Chistmas lights spelling out this phrase around Portugal. To kick-start your Portuguese journey this winter, take a look at these five facts about Christmas in Portugal:   Weather If Christmas just isn’t Christmas without
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